The enchanting “Swan Lake” on October 4th and 20th
In October a highlight of world ballet – Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” will be on the stage of the Estonian National Ballet. On October 4th, the technically demanding double role of Odette/Ottilie will be tackled by a demi-soloist Ketlin Oja, the role of Prince Siegfried will be performed by principal dancer Kealan McLaughlin. The conductor is Vello Pähn.
“Swan Lake” offers an unforgettable experience of romance, virtuoso dance and Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music. Despite the poor reception of the premiere in 1877, it has become one of the most loved and frequently performed pieces.
The technically demanding double role of Odette/Ottilie poses a challenge for any prima ballerina. Although “Swan Lake” has been restaged in many versions throughout the ballet’s history, most companies rely on the 1985 version by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Thomas Edur’s version combines beautiful dance classics with a loved story of romance, sorcery and the struggle between good and evil.
According to stage director Thomas Edur, Tchaikovsky’s music is immortal, thanks to which the “Swan Lake” has survived to this day. “When staging “Swan Lake”, I wanted to make it clearer and more compact, while being true to the original. I am respectful of the original choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa and I am convinced that classics must remain classics,” added Edur.
Those who do not have enough time at the beginning of October, are welcome to enjoy the show on October 20th, with principal dancer Alena Shkatula as Odette/Ottilie and demi-soloist Andrea Fabbri, doing a role debut as Prince Siegfried.